Tooth extraction is the process of removing a tooth. This can be for any number of reasons. The most common reasons are because of tooth decay, dental infection, and tooth damage. A tooth may need to be extracted if the tooth is crowding other teeth, if the tooth is extremely damaged, if there is not enough room in the mouth, or if the tooth is impacted. Other reasons for tooth extraction include impacted wisdom teeth that are causing pain, discomfort, or an infection.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, are the last set of adult teeth to erupt. They are called wisdom teeth because they typically erupt when patients are between the ages of 17 and 25, a time once considered “wiser.” Some patients never develop wisdom teeth at all. Wisdom teeth extraction is a common dental procedure at our clinic.
What Necessitates A Wisdom Tooth Removal?
When your wisdom teeth start to emerge, they may put pressure on your surrounding teeth. This can lead to other issues, including the misalignment of your top and bottom teeth. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, they can cause severe pain and gum infection. Besides, they would be more difficult to clean and can lead to cavities and gum disease.
Symptoms Of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
It is not uncommon for wisdom teeth to become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling, and infection. Unfortunately, this pain is often mistaken as a simple cavity. This misdiagnosis can lead to serious issues. It is important to get the care of a certified dentist who can determine whether a wisdom tooth is impacted.
Some common symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth include:
- Swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Bad taste
- Bad alignment
- Gum disease
- Bad bite
Wisdom Teeth Removal Process
Patients can schedule their appointment for wisdom tooth removal right here at Greenwell Springs Family Dentistry. During the process, the dentist will numb the area around the wisdom tooth, then he or she will loosen the tooth by wiggling it back and forth until it can be pulled out. Some patients may experience bleeding, bruising, and swelling. These are normal side effects that should not last for more than ten days.
What Can I Expect After Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
After your tooth extraction, you can expect pain and tenderness. Your mouth may be swollen, and you will experience some bleeding. Your teeth may remain numb for several hours.
You should be able to eat soft foods the day after your procedure, but you should plan to be on a soft food diet for several days. You may need to apply an ice pack to your face.
At Greenwell Springs Family Dentistry, we offer high-quality dental care using state-of-the-art dental technologies. To learn more about our dental services, call Dentist in Greenwell Springs, LA at (225) 261-0043 or visit our dental office located at 14127 Greenwell Springs Road, Greenwell Springs.